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In Lma'an Yishme'u #267 (page 2) Rabbi Chaim Hillel Raskin says that it is a Halachic obligation to quiet or turn off a cell phone before starting to Daven. If he did not, and his cell phone rings, he is allowed to quiet or turn off the phone to ensure that no one will be disturbed further. Although he doesn't specifically address a situation where it hasn'...


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In his responsa (Tzitz Eliezer 10:47) R. Waldenburg quotes some authorities who maintained that in a state of emergency one can direct by telephone to write a get for his wife without even appearing before Bet Din. Others maintain that witnesses would be required to validate that the husband is the one on the phone directing.


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Ultimate Zmanim for iOS has that feature. With Zmanim Alarms, Ultimate Zmanim can remind you of important zmanim throughout the day. Shema, Tefila, and weekly candle lighting are all covered. (To forewarn the question, on Android, Halachic Times is an equivalent).


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No sources so please CYLOR but: The voicemail goes to a central server at your provider. When you dial in to retrieve your messages you are not accessing a message store on your phone rather you are dialing into a VM service. Since this server/service is maintained for both Jewish and Non-Jewish customers it would be permitted to have benefit from it even ...


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Before discussing praying on a smart phone, there is the question of even having it enter the synagogue. Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, R. Yitzhak Yosef (the son of R. Ovadia Yosef), considers some problems related to the subject in his Yalkut Yosef (O"H 151:29): מי שיש לו מכשיר טלפון נייד [פלאפון] צריך לכבותו קודם שיכנס לבית הכנסת, כדי שלא יצלצל באמצע ...


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Smart siddur lite is a free Android siddur app which allows you to adjust font size with finger gestures. It also allows you to choose your nusach as well as some settings for which prayers to show. Choose the tefila you are interested in and it automatically adjusts the text for rosh chodesh, chol hamoed, etc. that are relevant to the current date and ...


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There is a prohibition of "Ona'at Devarim" - "Verbal Oppresion". This prohibition emanates from two closely placed verses - Vayikra 25:14 and 25:17 that state "Do not aggrieve one another." This article details the applications of "Ona'as Devarim". In summary, the caller expected to make a sale. Your attempting to play jokes on him most likely aggrieved him ...


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I would like to add that the mishna brura in 'סימן שח' סעיף קטן יב says that one should not use an item that is a kli shemelachto lissur if a kli that is muttar is available. So this question can only be relevant if one doesn't have a watch.


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I don't have sources, but I offer the following reasoning: There is no issue of erasing with digital representations of the divine name. Text on a screen is neither permanent nor writing. Nobody (as far as I know) bars bringing your smartphone into a bathroom. Nobody (as far as I know) requires burying a phone when it will no longer be used. R' Yosef ...


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I have used RustyBrick's iOS siddur for years. Here is how it fares against your criteria: it has all nusachim (ashkenazim, sefard, edot hamizrach, chabad) and you can choose which one you want at any point in time (i.e., it only shows one at a time) it has all prayers recited on any weekday, incl. special days (e.g., fasts, Rosh Hodesh) - it has an option ...


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My father and i both use AndDaaven. It is nusach Ashkenaz with adjustable font. It has all 3 tfilot, plus bentching. It does not have instructions though. On my iPad, i use the app "On Your Way -- ובלכתך בדרך", which is also available for Android. I haven't used the 'Droid version, but on iOS, it has all nuschaot, adjustable size, but still no instructions....


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OU have recently produced a new website/app called Alldaf.org. Features (you can customize your feed according to your interests from the following features): Daf Hayomi Shiurim from a selection of famous Maggidei Shiur Point by Point elucidation of every Tosfos in English Supplementary bite-sized audio miniseries: Daf in Practice Daf in Halacha Daf in ...


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Nishmat Avraham vol. 2 p. 262 answers your question


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See Shulchan Aruch CM 227:26 which says that there is no prohibition of Onaas Mamon (money) when done to a goy. This is because of the passuk לא תונו איש את אחיו - A goy is not Achiv. Concerning Onaas Devarim the passuk says LO TONU ISH ES Amiso, which also excludes goyim. BUT See Yam Shel shlomo Baba Kama 10:20 that if a chilul Hashem will be caused it ...


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If I may toot my own horn, I have an app, "Real Clear Daf," which is packed with features to facilitate your Gemara learning (e.g. dictionary, blog, note-taking, audio shiur, etc.). It's available for both Android and Apple and it's absolutely FREE! Links to the App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.realcleardaf.mobile&hl=en https:/...


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Regarding your first question, it is mostly prohibited with some possible exceptions (CYLOR before doing this in practice). I have bolded the specific issues identified by these poskim. Nearly all these issues apply to your second question as well. R Shlomo Dichovsky (“Ha’azanat Seter” in Torah Shebe’al Peh 35, p. 57) is quoted here as writing Although ...


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An app which can be used on Android is one named 'Real Clear Daf' and as described the Daf is explained real clear.


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So this is actually several different questions. In order from more to fewer poskim would say "yes": 1) Is it permissible to look at a cell phone that happens to be displaying the time on Shabbos? 2) Is it permissible to pick up your cell phone within your house and move it around for the purpose of having the time displayed elsewhere? 3) Is it ...


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Rabbi Frand mentioned this case in one of his weekly shiurim. He said that someone in the United States can call Eretz Yisrael on Erev Shabbos and leave a message on the machine (or send a FAX) as long as the person in Eretz Yisrael does not read the FAX or listen to the message. Many people turn the answering machine off in order not to accidentally hear ...


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The siddur in the Apple app. 'OnYourWay - ובלכתך בדרך' fits these criteria.


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The sources to allow such a get are the mishna on Gittin 66a (translation and interpolation by R Steinsaltz) With regard to one who was thrown into a pit and thought that he would die there, and he said that anyone who hears his voice should write a bill of divorce for his wife, and he specified his name, her name, and all relevant details, those ...


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I personally use RustyBrick’s Siddur app, though I know that the Sefaria app also has a Siddur.


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There are 2 popular ones in Israeli shuls (in no particular order): Nedarim Plus Kehiloth


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I haven't seen those in any Israeli shul but it is still a good idea. Some options include iPushka - interestingly they install the kiosks at zero charges and instead make money as a percentage of the payments qGiv GivingKiosk - originally built for churches easyTithe - similarly, was originally built for churches Karma Payments - which advertises to the ...


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ShulCloud offers such a system.


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it would have the same halachic significance as using computers which is permitted. R. Cohen writes: R’ Moshe Feinstein (Hilchos Chol Hamoed Zichron Shlomo p78) held that typing cannot be considered ma'aseh uman and providing it was of relevance to Yom Tov, would be permissible. R’ Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchasa 66:n209) compares it to ...


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There is the free app Pocket Torah, which allows for the downloading of sound files. The quality varies. Due to some portions being read by women, some might see it as a problem of Kol Isha.


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I use Tfilon. You can set font size (out of a list), text automatically adjusts to include special parts of prayer, customizations include different color and Halachic settings and more. Birkat Hamazon has a Dvar Torah ;)


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There may be a problem with the instruction "Please leave a message". as you are requesting a melachah be performed on your behalf. One formulation I've heard suggested is the change the prompt to "If you leave a message, I'll call you back" or similar wording that does not explicitly request the caller leave a message. (No sources to hand, sorry.)


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